Monday, February 11, 2013
They don't call it a catwalk for nothing.
While Tracy Reese's New York Fashion Week presentation was praised for its use of bold colors and animal prints, it was a real life animal-sighting that drew the most attention during the designer's fall collection show on Sunday afternoon. A flurry of tweets announced the arrival of Lily, a 4-year-old Siamese Blue Point rescue cat, who made her runway debut on the arm of one of the models.
The attention-grabbing stunt was part of a collaboration with Purina One cat food, in their effort to challenge the misconception that cats can't be leash trained. In addition to adding a touch of feline chic to any outfit, leash training is a way to incorporate more activity into your kitty's life and give them an enriched experience (I mean, how many cats do you know that get to walk the runway at Fashion Week?).
Reese said of the collaboration, “As a designer, I draw inspiration from everything around me, including cats. I loved the idea of incorporating cats into the runway show; cats have a lot of energy, which was the perfect complement to the models and my new line.”
Lily isn't the only cat to have emerged during the week-long New York fashion celebration. On Thursday night, Glamour magazine launched a cat fashion concept store in the Meatpacking district, paying tribute to cats in fashion, while giving them a chance to be worshipped by fashion's elite. The pop-up included a wall of cat fashion history, sparkly cat-headed mannequins wearing feline-inspired clothing, and an event where guests received complimentary cat manicures, and cat-eye makeup by MAC.
Image credits: Jason DeCrow/Invision for Purina ONE/AP Images